Byzantine Hand Grenade with Impressed Circular Designs

GBP 275.00

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Object Description

A Byzantine earthenware hand grenade featuring a hollow globular body with a pointed base. To the top, the vessel rises into a short neck with a raised collar and splays out slightly into a thick rim with a small mouth. This allowed the item to be filled with an explosive liquid known as ‘Greek fire’ and used as a hand grenade in battle. The mouth would have also accommodated a fuse to instigate the explosion. As typical for Byzantine grenades, this piece displays geometric patterns to its outer surface. A band of impressed circles feature on the body which are further enriched by radial designs and small knobs, each circle features two triangles either side. The vessel presents two irregular protuberances on opposite sides of its body, a larger one above the decorative band, and a smaller one below it.

Date: Circa 9th-11th Century AD

Object History

From a collection of a North London gentleman, latterly with a London gallery.

Object Condition

Very good condition. Chipped point and minor dents to the body and the rim. Some earthy encrustations romain on the surface.

Object Details

  • material
  • dimensions
    W:9.2 x H:11.8 centimeters

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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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